Offshore Wind and Maritime Crewing

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The maritime crewing provision included in the House Coast Guard Authorization bill would halt the offshore wind industry. 

As currently written, the House maritime crewing provision would require, within 120 days of passage, that crews on specialized offshore international construction vessels match the flag of the vessel or be American mariners as a condition of working on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. Given the nascent domestic offshore wind industry, there are currently insufficient numbers of trained American mariners, as well as crew from the vessel’s flag state, to man those vessels.

The current House provision is not reflective of this reality. The crewing provision would thus serve to block the use of these international specialized offshore vessels, and there are virtually no U.S.-flagged specialized construction vessels to do the work needed. As a result, the House crewing provision would halt domestic offshore wind farm installation.

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